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DO 07 - Leg. Calarco - PR

Posted on: July 11, 2017

Construction Begins on Invasive Species Eradication Project at Canaan Lake

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PATCHOGUE, N.Y.  –  On Tuesday, July 11th Deputy Presiding Officer  Rob Calarco announced  construction would  be  starting  on  the  first  phase  of  the  Invasive  Species  Eradication  Project  at  Canaan  Lake,  North Patchogue within the next few weeks. The Suffolk County Department of Public Works awarded a contract to D.F. Stone Contracting to install a box culvert at the lake. The culvert will be installed low enough to drain the lake and allow the removal of invasive species from the lakebed. In addition, a sluice gate will be put in place on the lakeside to control the water level of the lake.

During the construction period, which is expected to end by September 5th, Traction Boulevard will be closed to all  vehicles  and  pedestrian  traffic.  The  roadway  will  remain  open  for emergency vehicles.  Contingency  plans have  been  discussed  with  the  Patchogue-Medford  School  District  regarding  school  bus  routes,  should  the project extend beyond September 5th. The Suffolk County Department of Public Works has asked residents to please keep the area adjacent to the construction site clear of parked vehicles between 7:00 am and 3:30 pm.

The  start  of  construction  is  the  culmination  of  a  ten  year,  $1  Million  effort  to  clean  up  Canaan  Lake.  The  21 acre  lake  has  been  severely  impacted  by  invasive  aquatic  species  that is  hampering  the  natural  habitat  and recreational  use  of  the  lake.  The  installation  of  the  culvert  and  the  sluice  gate  will  allow  the  lake  to  be  drawn down and the invasive species to be exposed and killed. It will also allow for the offsite disposal of the organic sediment build up that is supports the invasive species. The project allows for multiple lake drawdowns to fully eradicate the invasive species.

For information or questions concerning the upcoming work, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Public Works at (631) 852-4003.

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